There are a handful of 2012 draft picks still unsigned, but one of the Brewers’ top 2012 picks is already dealing with an injury that will cost him at least six weeks. Supplemental first rounder Mitch Haniger has a torn PCL and will be rehabbing in Arizona.
In 14 games with the Timber Rattlers, Haniger was hitting .286/.379/.429 with a home run and four doubles. Defensively, the 21-year-old had played 12 games in centerfield. On Twitter, he tweeted a photo of his right knee in a brace:
Wisconsin’s schedule only runs through September 3rd, so if the six-week timeframe is off by a week or so, there’s a chance he could miss the rest of the regular season. The T-Rats are postseason-bound as first-half Western Division champions, though, so he could be back just in time for the Midwest League playoffs. As Adam McCalvy notes, missing so much time would seem to make Haniger a good candidate for fall instructionals and possibly the Arizona Fall League, just to make sure he doesn’t miss too many ABs in his first year as a pro.
Haniger was picked 38th overall out of Cal Poly as the second of the two “Prince Fielder picks.” Another top Brewers pick, first rounder Victor Roache, tweets that he could be back on the field in September. That would put him in roughly the same situation as Haniger.